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Representations on VALP Proposed Submission - H7 Dwelling sizes
OBJECT CEG represented by Nexus Planning Ltd (Mr Steven Doel)
The policy is unnecessary and as worded is too vague in any event. As such it should be deleted.
OBJECT Persimmon Homes Midlands represented by Bidwells (Mr Robert Love)
We object strongly on the grounds that insufficient evidence has been presented to justify or consider the policy as drafted and that more work is needed to demonstrate any need and implication of adoption. Only after justification of need has been established can the consideration of Viability and timings be truly considered.
OBJECT Careys New Homes represented by Bidwells (Mr Robert Love)
We consider that the policy does not have the necessary clarity to provide either applicants or decisionmakers,
as required by paragraph 17 of the NPPF, to make predictable and efficient decisions.
We consider that without full consideration to the impacts on viability, need and market signals, this could
negatively impact on the affordability of units and the size of units being provided.
Based on the above, we consider that Policy H7 is unsound as the policy is unjustified in terms of its
evidence base and inconsistent with national policy.
OBJECT Kier Property represented by Planning Potential (Nona Jones)
Whilst we encourage high quality design, in the absence of a policy providing descriptive reference, we consider that Policy H7 serves little purpose. This is not in accordance with paragraph 154 of the NPP and as such, we consider that Policy H7 is not sound and should be removed or elaborated to detail what the Council is seeking.
OBJECT Home Builders Federation Ltd (Mr Mark Behrendt)
policy not consistent with internal space standards in PPG. Paragraph 56-018 to 56-023 set out that if Authority has sufficient evidence to support the introduction of minimum space standards they should only do so by reference to the national described space standards. Any other approach taken to setting space standards must, therefore, be considered unsound. However, in addition to this fundamental principal the Council state in paragraph 5.68 there is no evidence to suggest that homes are coming forward below the nationally described space standards. If this is the case then seeking to apply an alternative standard is unjustified
OBJECT Wates Developments Ltd. represented by Boyer Planning Ltd (Jonathan Liberman)
The policy is ambiguous and provides no certainty with regards to how the Policy requirements can be met i.e there are no standards to be met. The Council proposes to introduce an SPD but this would not have the same level of scrutiny. the Council confirms there is no evidence that space provisions in new dwellings in Aylesbury Vale is below the National Space Standards.
OBJECT Minton Health Care (Buckingham) Ltd represented by Alder King (Portia Banwell)
Suggested wording is
OBJECT Richborough Estates represented by RPS Planning & Development (Mr Cameron Austin-Fell)
Providing minimum gross floor areas for all dwellings is inappropriate. This is not based on appropriate viability considerations and would hinder the ability of the market to deliver both the amount of housing required and the type of accommodation required from future occupants. The policy should be removed and dealt with through building control requirements if justified.
OBJECT Gleeson Strategic Land represented by Nexus Planning Ltd (Mr Steven Doel)
Object, H7: That policy is unnecessary and as worded is too vague in any event, as such it should be deleted.
OBJECT Dandara Ltd (J Richards)
Object, H7: unevidenced and in conflict with national policy. If the Council is proposing a policy relating to 'dwelling sizes', any standard should accord with the 'Technical Housing Standards - Nationally Described Space Standard' (March 2015). PPG is clear that "where a Local Planning Authority (or qualifying body) wishes to require an internal space standard, they should only do so by reference in their Local Plan to the nationally described space standard" (para: 018, ref ID: 56-018-20150327). Policy H7 should therefore be deleted or amended to refer to nationally described space standards.
OBJECT Lands Improvement Holdings Plc represented by Indigo Planning Limited (Mr Michael Wood)
The policy should be amended to reference the nationally adopted minimum space
standards for all new dwellings. This will provide certainty for developers in designing and
preparing residential planning applications.
OBJECT Define (on behalf of Bovis Homes) (Mr Mark Rose) represented by Define (on behalf of Bovis Homes) (Mr Mark Rose)
Bovis Homes object to Policy H7, which is considered unsound on the basis that it:
- is not justified in that it is not the most appropriate strategy and has not properly considered reasonable alternative strategies; and
- is inconsistent with national policy in that it does not provide a clear indication of how the decision maker should apply the policy and enable sustainable development.